Winner of the coveted Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Competition, Malaysian born David Quah made his professional debut singing "Don Ottavio" in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Opera Queensland. He came back to Hong Kong in 2000 and started teaching singing and coaching at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He regularly performs in South East Asia and is very active in the local music scenes.
David has premiered many roles both locally and overseas. This current summer, David is working on a new opera by John Sharpley in Singapore, performing the principal role of "Steven Lee" in the world premiere of Fences in August. In Hong Kong, he was cast in the title role of composer Lo Hau-man's chamber opera The Legend of Zhang Baozai which was premiered at the Shanghai Expo 2010 in August 2010. He was "Pei Yu" in Law Wing-fai's Dreaming Plum Blossoms Away, commissioned by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for the Millenneium Festival; "Liu" in So Ting-cheong's The Shopkeeper's Daughter; "Li Yu" in Guo Wenjing's Night Banquet and "Chibi" and "King of Chu" in Brian Chatpo Koo's The Tomb of Three Kings for the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In Singapore, he sang three different roles in Stefania de Kenessey's children opera, The Other Wise Man with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He was also "Aspern" in Dominick Argento's The Aspern Paper for its British premiere, and "Satyavan" in Hoist's Savitri for its Australian premiere.
Other performances included "Goro" in Madama Butterfly and "Junger Diener" in Elektra, "Major Domo/lnnkeeper" in Der Rosenkavalier with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; "Royal Herald/Count Lerma" in Don Carlo, "Messenger" in Aida, "Tybalt" in Romeo et Juliette, "Pang" in Turandot, "Le Remendado" in Carmen and "Don Basilio" in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Hong Kong; "Sam Kaplan" in Kurt Weill's Street Scenes, "Prince Karl Franz" in The Student Prince, "Tamino" in The MagicFlute, "Alfredo" in La Traviata and "Le Remendado" in Carmen with the Singapore Lyric Opera; "Camille de Rosillon" in Lehar's Die lustige Witwe, "Alfred" in Die Fledermaus, "Goro "in Madama Butterfly and "Spoletta" in Tosca for Lo King-man's Hong Kong productions; "Ferrando" in Cosi fan tutte with Garden Opera, London; "Ecclitico" in Haydn's // Mondo della Luna at Royaumont, and "France" and "Don Ramiro" in Rossini's La Cenerentola at Clonter Opera, Cheshire.
David has also appeared on concert platforms in various countries, from Australia to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Great Britain and the USA. He has sung the tenor solos in Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio, Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Bruckner; a number of masses by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Vaughan Williams' Hodie, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Tippett's A Child of Our Time, Janacek's Otcenas ("Our Father") and Bizet's Te Deum. He premiered the role of "Jimmy" in The Briefcase, a musical theatre composed by Chan Muk. He has given many recitals with repertoire ranging from baroque music to contemporary works, Chinese folk songs and Broadway musical numbers.
David is currently Chairman of Bel Canto Singers